Valt Aoi is a hot-blooded kid who loves to attack and wields a Beyblade named Valkyrie. His close friend Shuu Kurenai is an elite Blader who is a genius but still puts in a lot of effort, and wields the Beyblade named Spriggan.
Where have the years of enjoyable Beyblade gone? As a huge fan of the original series, the contrast between that and this is painful. That isn't to say that this series in simply bad but it is simply worse than both the original and metal series. With little excitement, weak main characters and a story that only gets exciting after 30 episodes and introducing several new characters, Beyblade Burst instant charm.
What is good about the anime is (sadly) the side characters. In this series it is easier to enjoy the appearance of supporting characters (such as Xander and Zac) rather than the main character
Volt; but there's a lot more to be said about that later on. The animation is pretty nice and clean and the dubbed voices are pretty good. But yet my largest criticism is the lack of enjoyment throughout the first half of the series.
However managed to finish the series after all, so it can't be all that bad.
Whilst writing this review I've constantly finding myself changing the score for story due to it's ridiculously luck based nature and repetitivity. Cliche and predictable, I found myself guessing the results of every match with a 90% success rate. However this wasn't the case so much in the end, instead battles were decided by injury or luck. Skill (or logic) no longer prevailed.
What really disappointed me is the shift that the series has undergone. Originally, characters would improve through hard battles, training and important life events. In Beyblade Burst the "power of friendship" and "bonds with your Bey" seem to overcome all talent or skill. Worsening this is the confusing format of events such as tournaments, with participants only consisting of certain characters, and locations for events strangely close (yet there's a boat trip??) creating a mass confusion throughout.
If you're a Beyblade fan this underdog story may be bearable otherwise it's hard to watch.
Not much to be said really. The characters do look great and the battles look great two. The effects in battles are nothing special but are easy to follow and rather nice. Not perfect but rather pleasing. Often I found things clear, but others who I watched it with saw it unclear when burst scenes occurred and thought some of the colours washed together at times so you don't know who's bey burst.
What this series has a pretty good dub. Besides Volt's 5 year old voice, every other character has a voice that suits their character well. The opening is bubbly but not memorable and the sound of Beyblades colliding is decent.
What it lacks however is a main character whose voice I can bare for 51 episodes. Often after watching more than 1 episode, I found myself feeling irritated at the overly loud and childish voice of Volt.
All that said, 5 isn't a bad score, it's just okay.
Zac, Xander, Lui, Shu, Orochi and a few other characters found themselves really likeable and created something for me to enjoy in the series. These characters in particular became favourites of mine. It's a huge shame that of these only Shu is a main character. That said, the majority of the main characters either have inconsistent backstories (Rantaro), bad morals (Daigo), or unbearable attitudes (Wakiya). What happened to making your main characters likeable? I truly believe a flaw in this series is that the side characters are 10 times more interesting than the main ones.
Above all, characters (beside from Daigo and Ken) see no development. Each character has a moment from time to time where they learn something, only to be forgotten about the next episode. All this said, it was hard to score it above a 4, but due to personal likeness I pushed it up one.
This series of Beyblade just doesn't have "it". Throughout I found myself wondering why I would watch this instead of another Beyblade series. There are exciting moments at times and episodes can be fun, but the majority of the arcs lack anything special or unique that made me want to look at the screen.
Thee series it's moments but certainly will not re-watch as I hardly kept my eyes on the screen the first time.
Well Beyblade Burst probably isn't the worst thing I've seen, but it is the worst Beyblade series undoubtedly. It has nothing likeable that the original or the metal series doesn't have.
All in all, I can't recommend Beyblade Burst to others, unless you're a hardcore fan.